My biweekly column appears in the latest edition of the Lakeville Journal, readable here with free registration. Fair use excerpt:
"The coldest air temperature I can recall with precision was a Christmas morning in Dutchess County, where I grew up. It was 32 below zero. That was legendary cold, the sort that breaks records in this part of the world, at least those that have been kept since the end of “The Little Ice Age” in the 1800s. Before that, all bets are off."